Our seniors graduated on Saturday, May 28 at a beautiful ceremony in New Slack Courtyard. Reverend R. Paul Henrickson, Chaplain Emeritus at Roanoke College, delivered a keynote address that the seniors will remember for years to come. He spoke on the importance of setting ambitious goals and believing anything is possible. Rev. Henrickson reminded the Class of 2016 that they could fly by asking them to wrap a bath towel around their shoulders like a superhero's cape, as most of them did when they were younger—leaping off sofas and tables, "flying."
"I believe I can accurately condense my lessons in high school into two rules: be kind and be passionate. Passion is something I discovered at North Cross. Teachers who loved their subjects. Athletes who worked out at 5am. Students who worked helping others and didn’t charge a cent. The passion consumed me;...the most important lesson I have learned from North Cross and from high school is general is to be kind. True kindness is rare. But I have experienced it here...I’m not talking about holding the door or saying good morning, I’m not discussing greetings or politeness. No, true kindness is far harder than that. It asks that we treat everyone, even strangers and those we don’t like, those who are different from us, in a way that we would treat someone we love," Vincient Arnold, Valedictorian
"I cannot thank North Cross enough for giving me the opportunity to have experiences like these. Since the beginning of my Global Studies career, I have taken many global studies classes, listened to speakers, traveled internationally, made friends from all around the world, and learned how to navigate all these experiences to start to understand how this interconnected world works...As for you all, class of 2016...Know that these experiences are not always accompanied by that large bill from a plane ticket. You can have them every single day in your very own Roanoke Valley, free of cost. Just by talking to international students or venturing downtown for another Local Colors festival. It is quite an amazing world out there, so go explore it!" Jane Ward, Global Studies Scholar
This year's senior class is an exceptional group of young adults, and we look forward to seeing their many accomplishments in years to come. Best wishes, Class of 2016!